Situation could have been avoided
I heard about the parking controversy the day of the event, when some of my peers parked in the closed Red & Gold lot that is owned by Cumberland Farms.
I heard firsthand from someone who had parked there but had been lucky enough to move before others got towed.
I believe the students had discussed the possibility of getting their cars towed beforehand.
I can see how it would be tempting to make use of the empty lot directly across the street from the high school. Temperatures have been very low, and parking is a hassle for the majority of students.
On the other hand, if students had thought it through, they might have concluded that the old Red & Gold lot was probably not open to public parking.
Cumberland Farm claimed that it had asked Concord High to warn students that they were prohibited from parking in its vacant lot.
Lisa Lamb, administrative assistant to the principal, along with CHS Safety Officer Mark Hassapes, said they had not heard this request.
The company’s subsequent reimbursement of towing fees, coupled with donations of $100 gift cards to students’ families, seems less a reward for bad behavior and more of an attempt to quell upset and maintain a good commercial image in the community.
This problem stemmed from miscommunication between Cumberland Farm, the school and students. No one is completely at fault, although this situation could have been avoided.
ANNA FRASIER, junior